On January 11, 2024 (PST), COVER Corporation Reported on the Status of Response to Defamation and Other Infringements of Rights (Notation below “Infringements”) against the Company and VTuber Agency hololive Production‘s Talents, and announced that it had completed Legal Actions against 5 so-called Roundup Blogs.
Actions were taken against infringements on the rights of celebrities in 116 cases. In 14 cases, requests for disclosure of sender information (hereinafter referred to as “disclosure requests”) were filed in response to malicious posts on Internet bulletin boards and SNS such as X (Twitter), etc. In 9 cases, the disclosure requests were approved and the senders were identified. In four of these cases, the parties reached settlements on terms including compensation for damages and a ban on future postings about the company and its celebrities on Internet bulletin boards and social networking services.
In addition, the company has stated that it is taking legal action, including warnings, through local attorneys, to eliminate any malicious and disruptive behavior toward overseas talent.
The company has negotiated and taken legal action against some so-called Roundup Blogs, which were deemed to be infringing on the company’s copyrights and other rights or posting information that tarnished the honor and credibility of the company and talents. The company has concluded a settlement agreement with some of the Roundup Blogs operators. As of the date of this report, the company has completed its response to 5 sites, and is continuing to respond to multiple site operators.
In addition, a part of Roundup Blogs has established a system that allows for the prompt removal of articles and comments that discredit the company and its celebrities.
Regarding Internet bulletin board postings that may threaten the lives or bodies of the company’s talents and employees, the company has stated that it will promptly provide information and consultation with the local police department.
Furthermore, the company states that it is working with business partners to address infringement of their rights in response to interference with their business activities.
Cover said, “We will continue to take decisive action against malicious intent directed at our talents, including slander and libel, by building and improving our internal systems and deepening cooperation with our legal advisors and other related parties, and we will strive to ensure that our talent can work with even greater peace of mind“.